Coast Guard Airlifts Injured Man

HONOLULU– Coast Guard rescue aircrews hoisted an injured man from a motor vessel approximately 100 miles north of Kauai today.

Crews from Air Station Barbers Point worked together to medically evacuate a 60-year-old male engineer from the foreign-flagged motor vessel Cap Carmel. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and hoisted the injured man aboard.

The injured man, suffering from head, neck and shoulder injuries from a fall, was transferred to Lihue Airport, where an awaiting emergency medical services crew transferred him to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

“Due to thorough coordination between the vessel’s crew, the shipping agent, the Coast Guard District Fourteen Command Center, and Air Station Barbers Point, we were able to successfully provide medical assistance to this wounded crewmember,” said Lt. Will Johnson, a rescue helicopter co-pilot at Air Station Barbers Point and a member of the rescue team.

The fishing vessel’s agent contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at about 9 a.m. Monday and reported the crewmember’s injuries, which he sustained when the Cap Carmel was 1,000 miles away from Oahu. Rescue teams were able to airlift the injured man once the vessel was within 100 miles of Kauai.

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